More Good Eats in Knoxville
Heiskell (Knoxville), TN - Events of Thursday, October 9 to Wednesday, October 15, 2014
As we said at the end of our last post, seeing all those baked beans during our visit to Bush's Beans made us hungry. One of our blog readers wrote to recommend a good barbecue place in Knoxville called Buddy's Bar-b-q, so that's where we headed.
Buddy's has 11 corporate locations and three franchise restaurants in and around Knoxville. One of the franchise restaurants is one exit south of the exit where the Escapees RV park is located.
We were a little leery because this particular restaurant is located adjacent to a gas station. However, the restaurant is very nice outside and in.
We were surprised by how reasonable the prices are at Buddy's. Sandwiches are $2.19 for a smoked hot dog to $4.99 for a large beef brisket sandwich. Dinner plates that include two sides range in price from $6.19 for ham to $8.89 for a half pound of ribs.
We both had pulled pork plates with cole slaw and potato salad for $6.39. Hush puppies were also included.
Even with the low price, the portions were generous, and the pork was excellent! It was tender and moist with a nice hint of smoke. They had two sauces - mild and hot, which were similar except for the heat. Both sauces are thick and tart with a touch of sweetness, which is just the way we like our barbecue sauce. The cole slaw and potato salad were both good, too. All in all, it was an excellent meal, especially in view of the very reasonable prices.
The rain moved in again on Friday. However, we headed back to the Holy Land Market again in the afternoon in spite of the rain. We usually don't go out to eat two days in a row, but our time in Knoxville was growing short, and we just had to have another one of their fantastic Rueben sandwiches.
The weekend brought more rain and cooling temperatures again, so we just hung out at the rig. We watched a movie we had borrowed from Lora and J. Michael on Saturday, the NASCAR race from Charlotte on Saturday evening and another movie we had previously recorded on Sunday.
Knoxville is about 75 miles from Crossville, TN where our friends, Darrell and Judy, live. They got in touch with us earlier in our stay, and we made arrangements to meet them for lupper on Monday. We offered to meet them half way, but they wanted to meet us at a favorite restaurant of theirs near Knoxville called Golden Girls.
Golden Girls has a large selection of good, home-style comfort food at very reasonable prices. Sandwiches are around $3 to $5, and most dinners are under $10. There are daily specials for $5.75 before 4:00 p.m. and $6.75 after 4:00.
Margery had catfish with onion rings and slaw, and Paul had broasted chicken. Everything was delish!
Since it was mid-afternoon, the restaurant wasn't very crowded so we were able to hang around for quite a while after our meal to chat. It was great to be able to catch up with Darrell and Judy again.
Tuesday brought more rain so we hunkered down in the motor home again. Wednesday was our last day in the Knoxville area, so after doing some of our pre-departure chores in the morning, we made a quick run to Hobby Lobby in the afternoon so Margery could pick up some yarn for a new project. On the way back, we stopped at Archer's BBQ for lupper. We stopped at Archer's when we first arrived in Knoxville, and it was located close to Hobby Lobby so we decided to go again before we left.
We had the same thing we had the first time we went to Archer's - pulled pork plate combos with slaw and potato salad for our sides with a drink for $13. Everything was just as good as it was the first time we went.
We got a lot of rain while we were in Knoxville - over 4 inches in our last week there alone. Every time it rains, the temperature drops a little more than the time before, so it was definitely time to head south. We'll tell you where we went in our next post.